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Mutant Supremacy, ‘Infinite Suffering’ — New Album

Lauren Bilanko

The indie death squad known as Mutant Supremacy hail from the decidedly unmetal and thoroughly hipster location of Brooklyn. But guess what? That doesn’t stop them from remaining as brutal as possible, a sonic artillery barrage on the senses, with riffs and blast beats bombarding the listener into insensibility with their concussive force. This is what death metal is supposed to be — aggressive, dark and relentless, so says the band.

“While Williamsburg is the epicenter I guess for hipster music/culture, if there is such s thing. You know, I don’t think ‘hipster’ is actually an organized movement like, say, punk rock. So I guess what it means is indie rock is really popular in this neighborhood,” vocalist/guitarist Sam Awry told Noisecreep. “Metal — especially really intense. abrasive metal like ours — has always existed outside of mainstream culture. I guess this is what the black metal scene calls ‘elitism.’ But for me, if people are seriously into our kind of music, then cool, and I kind of think that shows we have more in common on a social level. And if people don’t like any death metal, then I don’t expect them to like Mutant Supremacy, and I’m fine with that.”

Awry’s lyrics are populated with references to war, and lots of them. “It has been a consistent characteristic of human ‘civilization’ since we crawled out of caves and trees,” Awry said. “Me personally? I like my lyrics to be grounded in reality, and I don’t believe in any gods or angels of Heaven or Hell, but I do believe in the human race’s infinite capacity for self-destruction.

“When I was a kid in the last decade of the Cold War, I picked up on the tension and potential for annihilation of the Reagan era, and it really stuck with me … I don’t think it’s sexy in the traditional sense, but it is genuinely terrifying and in a much more real way then really any other subject in that it could actually happen, and we could actually all be wiped out. And something that extremely powerful is a little bit exciting.

“I think that thinking — really thinking — about a nuclear exchange is a more powerful concept then anything. I know that Christians have this concept of the rapture, where Jesus comes back, and the faithful are saved and the unbelievers are damned. And the Norse religion had the idea of Ragnarok, their equivalent of the battle of Armageddon. But as I said, I don’t believe in any of that. I do believe however, in people being so shortsighted or delusional to initiate a cataclysm of biblical proportions and obliterate the human race in the process.”

On the glumly and pessimistically titled ‘Infinite Suffering,’ the lyrics address the sickness and evil that rests in the human psyche and point out the unspeakable acts we are all capable of as well. Awry said, “This is the soundtrack to your conviction, sentencing and execution. This is the soundtrack to the Hell realm that you have constructed for yourselves.”

This soundtrack to hell is also featured on the ‘Splatterhouse’ video game. Awry met a video game producer through a mutual friend who designed the Mutant Supremacy logo during the band’s nascent stages. The producer is a huge metal fan, which boded well for the Mutants.

“That is what actually motivated us to do the recording last January, because we wanted a good enough recording to give to them and decided to record everything,” Awry said about the band’s inclusion in the game. “I’m not actually sure how any of the songs fit onto the game, but I’ve heard that our track is during a fight with some monster. I get the impression that the whole game is fights with monsters though, so that’s probably a safe bet.”

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